Hearts and Masks (1921)

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This amusing little romance is based on a novel by Harold McGrath. Alice Gaynor (Elinor Field) lives on a country estate with her irascible Uncle John (John Cossar). He refuses to let her have any friends, and she uses her pent-up energy to play pranks on him. Her tricks annoy him so much that he decides to go away. While he is gone, Alice dresses up as a maid and meets Richard Comstock, an author who is traveling incognito (Lloyd Bacon). She tells him that she lives in a boarding house, and turns her uncle's large home into one, using the servants as guests and the housekeeper (Mollie McConnell) as the landlady. Comstock boards at the Gaynor residence, but Alice's uncle comes home and spoils everything. Comstock checks into a hotel and Alice, still on the search for adventure, meets him at the hunt club ball. Galloping Dick, a gentleman crook (Francis McDonald), proceeds to rob the guests. Alice thinks Comstock is Galloping Dick, and she tries to help him escape. They run into the real Dick's accomplice and they themselves are denounced as the jewel thieves. Finally a detective catches the real crooks, and Alice and Comstock reveal their true identities to each other. The couple return to Alice's uncle, who gives them his consent.



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